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Project Lead - Operating System


Westland, MI, US

Company:  DTE Electric Company
Job ID:  6819

DTE is one of the nation’s largest diversified energy companies. Our electric and gas companies have fueled our customer’s homes and Michigan’s progress for more than a century. And as Michigan’s largest source of renewable energy, we’re creating a cleaner, healthier environment to power our future. We’re also serving communities beyond Michigan, where our affiliated businesses offer renewable energy, emission control technologies, and energy services to industries in 19 states.

But we’re more than a leading energy company... and working at DTE is more than just a job. At DTE, we take great care of each other and our customers, and we use our energy to be a force for growth and prosperity in our communities.  When you join us, you’ll be part of a team that welcomes, recognizes, and celebrates differences and values everyone’s health, safety, and wellbeing.  Are you ready to make that kind of difference? Bring your energy to DTE. Together, we can achieve great things.

Testing Required: Not Applicable


Job Summary

  • Provides the formal leadership role for the implementation of improvement projects as it relates to compliance, regulatory, safety, and skill-based training projects.  Responsible to impart the principles of the DTE Operating System to all project participants and ensure that the principles are being practiced after the project, or intervention has concluded. Manages projects that have been agreed upon by the Business Unit executive, and the LATD groups management team. Mentors the project support personnel in the understanding of the principles, methods, tools and concepts of the DTE Operating System. Ensures sustainable, measurable business results have been achieved on key projects.

Key Accountabilities

  • Implements the Training Improvements Enterprise through significant business unit projects as agreed to by the business unit executive and manager.
  • Designs training improvements based on the understanding and experience of business unit operations challenges and key objectives.
  • Completes key projects successfully through sustainable, measurable business results.
  • Meets targeted project objectives as agreed to by the business unit executive and the LATD managers.
  • Builds strong partnerships with both external and internal organizations.
  • Leads and drives LATD and Operations business objectives to identify the gap between current reality and the ideal state.
  • Directing coaching and leads project support personnel, insructors and business unit clients to understand the principles, methods, in order to improve compliance, knowledge / skill-based training resulting in apositive impact on operational outcomes. 
  • This position may require FERC gas training.
  • Will have a focus in OH/UG with expectation to be embedded in the group.

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree and five years of related experience in change initiatives



  • Industrial Engineering degree.

Other Qualifications

  • Demonstrated application of Operating System concepts through specific, significant business improvement.
  • Technical writing experience within a utility organization.
  • Expert knowledge in Operating System concepts black belt criteria.
  • Experience in designing and implementing systems approach change efforts such as Lean Operating Systems, Six Sigma.
  • Experience working in a regulative environment with union employees.
  • Proven leadership in facilitating and leading Swarms, AAR's Process Mapping sessions and Kaizen events.
  • Demonstrated use of project management including design, implementation, countermeasures, evaluation and results.
  • Demonstrated understanding of organization and business knowledge that includes structure, and enterprise and business unit strategy.
  • Blackbelt cerified through accredited organizations.
  • Demonstrated examples of excellent written and oral communication skills such as oral presentations, detailed status reports and training delivery.

Additional Information

Incumbents may engage in all or some combination of the activities and accountabilities, and utilize a variety of the competencies cited in this description depending upon the organization and role to which they are assigned. This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents in this job. It is not intended as an all-inclusive list of accountabilities or responsibilities, nor is it intended to limit the rights of supervisors or management representatives to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

At DTE Energy, we are committed to providing an inclusive workplace where everyone feels welcome and a sense of belonging. We seek individuals with a heart for service, a passion to help our communities prosper, and ideas to help shape the future of energy. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer that considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, citizenship, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Detroit